IDSA COMMENT

To Ban, or Not to Ban Huawei

Given India’s dependence on imports for 90 per cent of its telecom equipment, the decision to allow Huawei to bid for 5G should be in line with the national interest, rather than taking sides and constraining options.

April 03, 2019

The Balakot Strategic Shift – Needed a ‘Counter Proxy War’ Doctrine

There is an urgent need to formulate a ‘Counter Proxy War Doctrine’ that integrates diplomacy, defence, development and other tools of hard and soft power.

March 28, 2019

India’s ASAT Test: Joining the Arms Race in Outer Space?

An ASAT in itself is not a defensive system that could ‘safeguard’ any asset. Instead, it is an offensive system that could solely be used for retribution in response to an attack on India’s space assets. In that sense, the capability can only be used as a deterrent against a potential rival.

March 28, 2019

India at the OIC: Recognition of a Rising Global Power

The best option would be for India to continue to work with individual members of the OIC to establish friendly relations and deepen bilateral cooperation, and work to negate the machinations of Pakistan within the OIC.

March 25, 2019

The Grandeur of GandCrab

Every time a cyber security organisation comes out with a decrypter to counter the effect of GandCrab, a brand new version of the ransomware is generated by effecting a small fix in the code.

March 22, 2019

Making the offset policy work better

A dynamic offset policy has to include a mechanism for identifying the causes for likely delay or default on the part of vendors in discharging their obligation and removing the impediments faced by them

March 20, 2019

Servicing Committed Liabilities: Kicking the Can down The Road Will Not Help

Shortage of funds even to service the committed liabilities raises questions about the financial affordability of the defence modernisation programme and viability of the push for ‘Make-in-India’ in defence.

March 14, 2019

AK-203: A Boost for the Army and Make in India

That the AK-203 would be produced in India with 100 per cent indigenous content in less than three years makes it a win-win deal for the Army and the Make in India initiative, with Ordnance Factory Korwa emerging as the biggest winner.

March 11, 2019

MBS Visit Strengthens the Indo-Saudi Strategic Partnership

The key focus areas during the visit of MBS to India were terrorism, investment, energy, skill development, security and Indian diaspora in Saudi Arabia.

March 05, 2019

Mohammed bin Salman walks the India-Pakistan tightrope

Visiting ‘brother’ Pakistan and ‘friend’ India at a time when tensions are running high both in West Asia and South Asia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walked the India-Pakistan tightrope with extreme caution.

February 25, 2019

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